Gold Medal / 90 points – Critics Challenge 2014


The Ringleader Pinot Noir, Ringleader Wines 2012
Grapes for this wine were sourced from California’s best growing areas for Pinot Noir in the Lodi and San Joaquin Valleys. A variety of vineyards were selected, from warmer vineyards that highlight ripe, fruity flavors in the grapes to cool coastal climate growing regions, where warm, sunny days are moderated by cooling maritime influences. The range of vineyards and growing areas creates a Pinot Noir that is crispand complex yet approachable and luscious on the palate. Fragrant cranberry and red raspberry aromas carry through to the palate, framed on the palate by notes of cedar, spice, vanilla with a crisp yet silky finish. The wine pairs well with light pasta dishes, grilled salmon, tuna, or roasted chicken.